Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts, a project of Abinta Kabir Foundation, has arranged a three-week-long 42nd solo painting exhibition titled `Memories Beyond Time’ by eminent artist Syed Jahangir. Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith inaugurated the exhibition on November 11, 2017 while Rupali Chowdhury, managing director, Berger Bangladesh Limited, was present at the ceremony as a special guest.
The exhibition is featuring Syed Jahangir’s sixty prominent art works including thirty two frames of spatula drawing and thirty seven paintings of acrylic on canvas. Everyday life of the laboring class people, the nomads of the riverbanks and the charming eternal views of Bangladesh have specially inspired the artist to create this memorable series titled ‘Memories Beyond Time’.
Artist Syed Jahangir was one of the initiators of modernism in Bangladesh. Modernism, for Jahangir, means a questioning and exploring attitude, an awareness of time, place and history achieved through form, space and colour. He moved on to a newer palette, choosing blue, green, yellow and some red, to portray the socio-economic scene along with time.
“I find it fascinating to use the same ultramarine and gold, the yellow representing the earth while the blue symbolizing the sky and rivers of Bangladesh.
Yellow ochre and cadmium yellow have been used profusely to recall the harvesting time and its festive-like ambience in eternal Bangladesh. The gypsy and sailboats have also been included. I have also brought in ink-drawings and thin acrylic work done with water, which has an element of marked opaqueness.
The spatula drawings depict boats, flying birds, resting women and gathering of people. In short, the ink has been merged with the paper,” said artist Syed Jahangir about his artworks.
Jahangir was born in Satkhira on January 2, 1935. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. Artist Syed Jahangir is the pioneer to introduce the ‘Asian Art Biennial’ and he is also the founding director of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The artist has been painting for the last 55 years.
For his contribution to the art scene of the country he has received a number of prestigious awards including Ekushey Padak.
The exhibition will close on December 01, 2017.